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Monday, May 11, 2009

Sometimes fake money can be the root of all evil

Eighty-nine years ago today, New York detectives found the bodies of Joseph and Batiste Vultaggio in the apartment above their Brooklyn grocery store. Both men had been shot to death and it turns out that groceries weren't the only thing the Brothers dealt in. During the subsequent investigation police learned that both Joseph and Baptiste were members of a small time counterfeit ring that made phony 50-cent pieces and they believed that they were killed as a result of a fight over profits. The murder was "solved" when police arrested fellow counterfeiter Vito Grillo at a public bath and proceeded to beat a confession out of him

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